Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37, II
Brahms: Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83, I [live]
Liszt: B Minor Sonata
Ginastera: Sonata No. 1, Op. 22, I
“Among the pianists laying claim to Liszt as a central figure in their repertoires, Groh's fingers and sense of comprehension set a new modern standard.”
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Pianist Markus Groh gained immediate world attention after winning the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 1995, the first German to do so. Since then his remarkable “sound imagination” and astonishing technique, have confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world. Sharing the same birthday with Alfred Brendel, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Maurizio Pollini, he has proven himself worthy of their company.
In the U.S., Mr. Groh’s recent appearances include the Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center and the complete Bartók piano concertos with the Florida Orchestra under the direction of Stefan Sanderling. He made a sensational debut with the St. Louis Symphony in November of 2014: “Few can play the piano consistently with the kind of power that really fills a hall, and only a small subset of that can play powerfully while maintaining the finesse that makes the sound musical. Groh belongs to that subset.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) North American performances during 2016/2017 include the Omaha Symphony (Liszt Concerto No. 1), the Santa Barbara Symphony (Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1), and the Jalisco Philharmonic/Guadalajara (Grieg Concerto).
Markus Groh has previously appeared with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Colorado, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Florida, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, National (Washington, DC), New Jersey, New Orleans, the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Toledo, and Vancouver. Worldwide engagements include the Auckland Philharmonia, Bamberg Symphony, Beijing Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hague Residentie Orkest, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Symphony, Malmö Symphony, MDR Orchestra/Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Osaka Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, SWR Orchestra/Stuttgart, and the Warsaw Philharmonic. He opened the 2015/2016 season performing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Aarhus Symfoniorkester/Denmark under Marc Soustrot.
Among the conductors with whom Mr. Groh has collaborated are Jesus López Cobos, Ivan Fischer, the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hans Graf, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Christoph König, Hannu Lintu, Fabio Luisi, Juanjo Mena, Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, David Robertson, Kwamé Ryan, and Stefan Sanderling, to name a few.
A spellbinding recitalist, Markus Groh draws from the piano shapes, textures, and colors that one seldom hears in live performance. In addition to his stunning debut on the Hayes Piano Series at Kennedy Center in 2103, he has also appeared at the Friends of Chamber Music Denver, Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, Vancouver Recital Society, and several times at The Frick Collection in New York. Chamber music activities include regular tours with the Tokyo String Quartet, as well as a new piano quartet founded by members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Widely acclaimed for his interpretations of Liszt, an all-Liszt CD (including the Totentanz and B Minor Sonata) was released by AVIE in 2006. Showered with rave reviews, it was also named “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone Magazine. In the words of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Among the pianists laying claim to Liszt as a central figure in their repertoires, Groh’s fingers and sense of comprehension set a new modern standard.” A highly acclaimed all-Brahms CD was released by AVIE in June of 2008. Other recordings include a CD of Debussy, Prokofiev, and Britten cello sonatas with Claudio Bohórquez on Berlin Classic,s and a CD of Liszt’s Totentanz with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Fabio Luisi on Cascavelle.
A frequent guest at international festivals such as Grant Park, Folle Journée, Ruhr, Ludwigsburg, Bad Kissingen, and the Schubertiade, Mr. Groh is the founder and artistic director of the Bebersee Festival near Berlin. During the current season, he will perform at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico. He also appears regularly on radio and television in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Japan. A prize-winning documentary featuring Mr. Groh and a replica of Steinway’s first piano (built in 1836) on a recital tour traveling by horse and carriage was broadcast nationwide by ARD in Germany on three separate occasions in 2011.
Markus Groh was a student of Professor Konrad Richter in Stuttgart and Professor Hans Leygraf in Berlin and Salzburg. He has recently been named Professor of Piano at the University of the Arts in Berlin.